Breaking her trend releasing an album every few years, Macy Gray tells Billboard.com she wants to release the follow up to her 2010 album “Sellout” this year with another soon after.
“I actually want to put out two records this year. I want to do a jazz record. I want to do a rock record. I have so much music in me, I’m kind of doing myself a disservice by not putting it out as fast as it comes” says Gray to Billboard.
She explains that all her idols including Bob Marley and Nina Simone put out many records in a very short time: “So I just want to make records and put them out and see what people think instead of making a record and then waiting to do another one until I’m done touring three years later. I just don’t want to do that anymore.”
The unfinished album produced by Hal Wilner already has eight songs completed, but doesn’t yet have a release date. Gray describes the album as a “underground record” that experiments with unconventional song structures and won’t be designed for commercial radio. “It’ll probably sell two copies,” she jokes, “but I love it.”
The singer also announced that she’ll go ahead with her planned concerts next month in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Amidst many activists urging her not to play due to the government’s treatment of Palestinians, Gray issued a notice on her Facebook page on Jan. 17 asking fans what they wanted her to do.
Nearly 4000 sometimes impassioned messages came in a mere four days and Gray announced via Twitter that she would play the concerts next month.
Gray tells Billboard: “I just don’t believe boycotting entertainment there is the right path to take. I think we’re all aware there’s conflict there. It’s a grave and unfortunate situation and so deep that I think anybody who doesn’t live in Israel or in Palestine can truly understand it. But for the life of me, I do not see how not performing helps the situation.”